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23 October 2009

Early Morning Sunshine

Catch the first light of the day
Taking pictures of Pireus in the first rays of the morning sun

This morning I got up early, took my camera and went up to Filopappou hill. That's one of the hills opposite the Akropolis. I arrived a bit before sunrise, which is late here, due to the Ymittos hills covering the horizon in the east. I'd been there in the morning some days ago already, so I knew more or less which pictures I wanted to take.

One of them was the coastline and Pireus in the first rays of the morning light. As I took these pictures on film and as the film isn't developed yet, all I can show you right now is this documentary shot from my mobile phone.

http://betabug.ch/ouzo/images/camera_docu/akropolis_before_sunrise.jpg

This one is from some days before. I had set up my tripod and camera even a bit earlier and waited out the sunrise, with a view on the Akropolis and Lycabettus hill.

I made a couple of exposures with different stages of the sun coming up. I also moved the camera once, since while waiting I decided that from a bit further to the left I'd get a better cut of the city from above between the trees in the foreground.

Taking pictures with this camera (an old Arca-Swiss, with a lens from 1967) takes some discipline (lots of ways that one can spoil the end result) and patience. I enjoy the process, it was nice standing there, watching the day grow ever lighter. There is also an amount of uncertainty - I have no results yet and can only hope that I did everything right and the pictures come out ok. If they will be worth it or good enough... that is another question.


Posted by betabug at 10:03 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
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Re: Early Morning Sunshine

nice pictures! and probably you were the only person in the hill at that time, perfect to take some time for you, think about your things... ;D

Posted by: Wu at October 23,2009 10:55
Re: Early Morning Sunshine

Hey Wu, the other morning I was the first one there, but after a while a German gentleman showed up and took his own set of pictures (with a digital point-and-shoot), then later more tourists came to picture the sunrise. This morning I saw some people walking their dogs.

Posted by: betabug at October 23,2009 16:45
Re: Early Morning Sunshine

Ah those tourists... As long as they don't spoil that very nice spot and the pictures, it's fine. I am eager to see the end results.

Posted by: saad at October 26,2009 15:15
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